TBI or Whiplash? When One Injury Covers the Other

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from accidents in Pennsylvania. It occurs in all types of accidents, and it often does not manifest until well after the fact. The same late manifestation is also common for some who suffer TBI, or traumatic brain injury, and many times the insurance providers will fight the severity claim of either or both conditions. This then results in the need for extensive in-depth medical analysis of the underlying problems, which means that anyone who suffers whiplash with additional head trauma will always need an aggressive and experienced legal representative when pursuing whole damages.


Whiplash is an injury that can vary significantly in damage to the upper torso. Even without head impact, a whiplash injury can extend internally upwards to the cranial area. Whiplash is essentially a neck and chest injury, but it is very difficult to injure the neck area without also injuring the brain to some degree. Absence of a superficial cranial injury does not necessarily mean there is no TBI present in the brain when whiplash is suffered as well, but it can still be downplayed by the respondent insurance company.

Traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury is an injury that requires comprehensive analysis and can impact the life of the injured victim for the remainder of life. The brain controls functioning for the entire body, and any level of damage can have lasting complications. This is just as true for injury to the lower brain stem and surrounding tissue as it is to the upper cranial region. And, Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys who have represented TBI victims often see the medical problem masked by a severe whiplash injury.

TBI in the lower cranial area and whiplash are very common together, but they are also typically strongly defended until an aggressive personal injury attorney conducts a thorough investigation and demands comprehensive testing before the case is settled. Injured claimants only have one opportunity for financial justice, and all potential prognosis issues must be presented at the time the case is being negotiated for equitable long-term pain-and-suffering damages.